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2011.02.22 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Latvian Conductor to be Featured in UNO Bands' 'Colours, Textures, Transformations' Performance Feb. 28

Omaha - The Concert Bands at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) have announced a very special concert, “Colours, Textures, Transformations,” featuring the Symphonic Wind Ensemble (SWE) and the University Concert Band. The concert will be presented at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 in the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the UNO campus.

The performance will feature Maestro Janis Purins, conductor of the University of Latvia Wind Orchestra and professor of music at the Latvian Academy of Music, who will lead each ensemble in a selection by a Latvian composer. Of particular note is the United States premiere of an original composition, “Romance,” for Clarinet and Wind Orchestra by Jekabs Medins that Tyler Goudlock, a clarinet graduate student, will perform.

The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. James Saker, will present a selection premiered in 2011 by the USAF Academy Band written by American Composer Julie Giroux. Saker says that “The Speed of Heat” is an amazing work that will thrill the audience.

Soloist Christine Beard, professor of flute at UNO, will be featured on the piccolo for this concert in a composition that was written by award winning Motion Picture and Television composer, Bruce Broughton; the ensemble will be led by Associate Conductor Courtney Snyder for this performance.

The remainder of the SWE program will include a composition premiered last summer by the Papillion Area Concert Band in a commission by Larry MacTaggart titled “Flight of the Monarch” and James Barnes’ exciting “West Point Fanfare.”

The University Concert, conducted by Snyder, will present works by Morton Gould, Bruce Yurko and John Zdechlik. Purins will lead this ensemble in music by Latvian composer Peteris Butans, “Songs of Latgale.” which is based on folk music from this region in the Eastern portion of the country.

Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. UNO Faculty, Staff and Students will be admitted free with a UNO MavCard. Tickets will be available at the door.

For additional information contact the University Bands Office at (402) 554.3352.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble
UNO's Symphonic Wind Ensemble

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